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Poetry and Medicine
October 23/30, 2013

On the Table

Author Affiliations
  • 1Edwardsville, Illinois
JAMA. 2013;310(16):1740. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6660

The cold rod inserted
at the base of the brain,
immobilized yet alive,
I lie here like the frog,
belly up, slit, peeled, pinned.

Doctors and nurses gather
to excise one sliver
of rotting flesh so it
does not infect the rest.
I trust them completely.